Six Picks for the Week of October 4-10

Caprica returns with new episodes (Tue.)

ImageThis won't end well

Syfy's Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica returns with the second half of its first season on Tuesday at 10pm (a new night and time) as the first ten episodes hit DVD on the same day. Season 1.5 begins with Eric Stoltz’ Daniel Graystone simultaneously dealing with the fallout of losing both his company and his wife. Moral and religious quandaries return, but are supposedly scaled back to make room for more Cylon activity and more overall action.

Do the frakkin’ robot at the official website.

It's Kind of a Funny Story (Fri.)

ImageWhat's really crazy is that beard

The film adaptation of Ned Vizzini’s novel from writer-directors Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck hits theaters in limited release on Friday, following up the pair's critically-acclaimed 2008 film Sugar 82. The biggest draw of It's Kind of a Funny Story, about a 16-year old boy (United State’s of Tara’s Keir Gilchrist) who checks himself into a mental hospital, is the appearance of The Hangover star (and The Snuggler himself) Zach Galifianakis as a wacky patient who forms a bond with the youngster.

It’s kind of a funny official website.

HBO premiere of Bruce Springsteen documentary The Promise (Thu.)

Image A young boss

After premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, HBO’s documentary about the making of Bruce Springsteen’s fourth album Darkness on the Edge of Town airs Thursday at 9pm on the pay channel. The 90-minute film is directed by Grammy and Emmy award-winner Thom Zimny, whose awards have all been for Springsteen-related projects. Combining rare archival footage with new interviews, The Promise reveals how Springsteen followed up his breakthrough album Born to Run and produced classic tracks like “Badlands” and “Racing in the Street.” If the film isn’t enough, a six-disc box set (including the original album, unreleased outtakes, and the documentary) comes out November 16th.

Show ’em who’s the boss at the official HBO website, or read reviews of the film at Variety or THR

Castlevania: Lords of Shadow (Tue.)

ImageNot a scene from God of War

The 24-year-old Castlevania franchise has had a tough time transitioning into the 3D realm. Games Lament of Innocence and Curse of Darkness were decent, but couldn’t match the old-school charm and complexity of Nintendo DS titles Order of Ecclesia and Portrait of Ruin. By all accounts, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow hedges its bets by being a God of War clone with the Castlevania brand and Belmont family name on the main character. Hopefully, the involvement of Metal Gear's Hideo Kojima will set the game apart from Kratos’ adventures and help deliver a solid adventure title. Find out for yourself when the game hits shelves on Tuesday for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Whip it good at the official website.

Secretariat (Fri.)

ImageWhy the long face?

Every generation needs a good horse movie. Hollywood previously trotted out titles like The Black Stallion, Hot to Trot, and Seabiscuit, along with recent but not very memorable examples such as Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, Flicka, and Dreamer. Disney's Secretariat, opening Friday, tells the true story of the titular racehorse who, in 1973, became the first horse in 25 years to take home the Triple Crown. Diane Lane stars as Secretariat’s owner Penny Chenery, and John Malkovich plays trainer Lucien Laurin.

Gallop to the official website.

Signature Box and more John Lennon reissues (Tue.)

ImageReissue, repackage, repackage

It’s hard to believe that Saturday marks John Lennon’s 70th birthday. His family and record label are helping you celebrate with a host of solo-era reissues. The most notable is the Signature Box, a lavishly designed 11-disc set that includes all of Lennon’s solo albums, completely remastered, along with a disc of demos and another featuring non-album singles. You can also opt for the single-disc greatest hits album Power to The People, the four-disc collection Gimme Some Truth, and a new double-disc version of Double Fantasy sans instrumental and vocal overdubs. And, if that’s not enough, the film Nowhere Boy opens in limited release on Friday, telling the story of John’s pre-Beatles days; it stars Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) as Lennon.

Give the official website a chance or check out the trailer for Nowhere Boy below:

Closing the book on last week

Weekend Box Office Champion (Estimated, U.S. only; source:
The Social Network 97 $23.0 million; 1st week at #1
#1 Album on Billboard 200 (Source: SoundScan)
Zac Brown Band: You Get What You Give 80 1st week at #1
Top-Rated Primetime Broadcast Show (Source: Nielsen)
Dancing With The Stars (ABC) [Mon] 21.3 million viewers; week of 9/20-9/26

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